Raising Giants Organization (RGO)
Main Activity: Mentoring and Coaching Youth
Focus Area: Youth Development
Location: Cosmo City
My name is Kgomotso, I’m the founder of Raising Giants Organization. I am a change-maker. I believe in changing the world through mentorship.
Black people across the world are known as poor and sick. However, there’s nothing being done in terms of the economic gap. The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and black kids are being drawn into the same cycle of poverty. So what I’m doing, I’m changing that for South Africa.
I’ve been running this initiative for nine years. In 2018 it’s going to be 10 years. We’re doing well in terms of having the same kids come back to us and seeing them grow, watching them develop, watching them realize they are important and have a place in this world. However, there’s still more that can be done. In these nine years, we haven’t attracted sponsors who are willing to hold our hands and take on this vision. We have attracted individuals, but not companies. Corporate SA is not here. Even the government is not here. So I feel that we could do better.
We don’t have a permanent venue, and that’s what we need. It’s difficult to speak to a child and find out, for example, that this child is being raped at home. And after you meet with them you have to send the child to the very same home. So, as much as we are helping, we are not able to assist more strategically. If we had our own place we would be able to maybe house some of those kids there and help deal with some of the more complex problems they face.
Right now we need that venue where we can provide emergency housing for our students, where we can have our meetings, and a hub where we can have computers and science labs, and innovation labs and entrepreneurial labs, where we can do all the things we dream of doing. At the moment we are relying on the school to allow us to use their venue once a month.
In order for us to grow, we need additional financial support, access to a broader network of allies, and corporate SA and government being willing to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. We need corporate SA and the wealthy people of SA to reach out and work with us. They often go into townships and help the 1%, or the big achievers. But if everybody in this country could get a decent job, or decent education, our tax money would be used for other things, to take this country to another level.
It really motivates me to see a young person who couldn’t speak in front of people, stand in front of people and be able to articulate themselves. I’m motivated by the young person who didn’t have a clue what they wanted to do with their life, and now they’re in their second year at UCT and doing extremely well. I’m motivated by knowing that, in the small things that we do, we actually shape the leaders of tomorrow. The little that you do can be big for somebody.
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